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Leadership, Innovation, Technology, and Diversity, Undergraduate Certificate

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership, Innovation, Technology, and Diversity is offered by the LEADS program within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  It provides students with an additional layer of experiential learning and individualized support to supplement their major curriculum.  Through transdisciplinary courses and experiences, students practice innovation thinking, critical thinking, and professional communication as they identify and develop their personal leadership style.  Students who complete the LEADS certificate in Leadership, Innovation, Technology, and Diversity develop and execute a professional plan of action and are well prepared to translate their experiences and abilities as they prepare to enter their career or graduate/professional studies.  The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any undergraduate degree programs at UNC Charlotte.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the LEADS Certificate in Leadership, Innovation, Technology and Diversity, students must meet the general University requirements for admission into Undergraduate Certificate Programs. These University level requirements include:

  • An undergraduate degree or admission to an undergraduate degree program at UNC Charlotte
  • An application submitted to the Registrar if applicant already holds an undergraduate degree, or to the department offering the program if applicant does not hold an undergraduate degree
  • Official transcripts for previous degree(s) and coursework
  • A Declaration of Program form (Change of Major/Minor form) listing the certificate program

In addition, students should have successfully completed CLAS 2600  with a grade of C or above.

Certificate Requirements

LEADS Foundation Course (1 credit hour)


  • LBST 2301  credit should be through LEADS specific sections. Students who have received credit for a non-LEADS section of LBST 2301  may substitute an additional LEADS elective course.
  • CLAS 3000  may be repeated for credit with change in topics.
  • LEADS elective credit may also be earned through departmental credits for LEADS approved courses.

LEADS Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Students should complete their capstone experience during their Senior year, following completion of all other requirements.

Certificate Total = 10 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

Students must earn grades of C or above in all LEADS courses. Students must earn a grade of B or above in CLAS 4800 .

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